National Geographic : 2011 Jan
ETTERS L Health: Crawly Cuisine Your article detailing promotion of in- sects as a worldwide food source by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization is a disgusting example of demagogu- ery fueled by globalism. Most societies where people already consume insects are either impoverished or composed of indigenous people, and to expect developed nations to embrace such a concept is outrageous. Insects are food for birds, reptiles, and fish, not humans! fi Call me close-minded; I'll keep my red meat, pork, chicken, and wild-caught fish. fi GREGORY ZOLL West Park, Florida When I did a research report on farming and consuming insects for a high school program, I was stunned at how little information I could find fi on the topic. But China already uses insects to feed fish, poultry, pigs, and fi even mink. I myself have eaten crispy, deep-fried silkworm pupae in Beijing, and I can testify that Western culture is missing out on something very tasty (and low fat). I'm glad the UN is finally fi catching on to something that already sustains millions around the world and could feed many more. JASON CHEN Wexford, Pennsylvania The concept of chomping down on a giant water bug is revolting. As a nine-year-old, I once participated in a singspiration at church. There was no air-conditioning, and the doors were wide open on that warm summer evening. I stood front and center and started to sing "Ship Ahoy." Suddenly my attention was drawn to three of the ugliest insects I have ever seen crawling toward me. How I ever finished the fi solo is a miracle. I later learned that the insects were giant water bugs. That was 60 years ago, but the memory is permanently etched in my mind. I hope I will never be hungry enough to eat a giant water bug. JOY Y. LECOUNT Wawaka, Indiana ® SERIOUS SHOOTERS HAVE NEVER BEEN KNOWN TO TRAVEL LIGHT. UNTIL NOW. THE INCREDIBLE NEW NIKON COOLPIX P7000. Nothing matters more to serious shooters than image quality. So when it comes to a smaller camera, only one measures up: the new Nikon COOLPIX P7000, with a large 1/1.7" CCD sensor, RAW shooting capability, the option of full manual control, NIKKOR ED glass, HD Movie, Nikon Speedlight compatibility and much more. It's the first good reason, ever, to shoot with something other than your D-SLR. For more, go to www.nikonusa.com/P7000 Nikon® and P7000TM are registered trademarks of Nikon Corporation. ©2010 Nikon Inc.